ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - fouladi projects - March 26th - April 24th <p>Fouladi Projects is pleased to present our Springtime Group Show. On view will be select works from our program: Lauren Ari, Karen Barbour, Omar Chacon, Sean Cheetham, Pip Culbert, Bill Culbert, Yuichi Hirako, Darija Jelincic, Liam Jones, Jemima Kirke, Rudi Molacek, Laurina Paperina, Marcus Payzant, Lisa Solomon, Gail Tarantino, Russell Tyler, and Anne Veraldi. &nbsp;Also on view in our store front windows is a whimsical grouping of playful ceramic sculptures by Lauren Ari. Please stop in to say hello and to enjoy a satisfying survey of the diverse and wonderful artists in our gallery.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:16:14 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 18th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM <p>Deepen your understanding of Edo-period Japan&rsquo;s (1615&ndash;1868) &ldquo;floating world&rdquo; and consider the various ways that representations in art can distort reality. Draw inspiration for your own print from the exquisite woodblock prints on display in <em>Seduction: Japan&rsquo;s Floating World</em> and <em>The Printer&rsquo;s Eye</em>. This program is made possible by generous support from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.</p> <p>Pre-registration is required, so visit to get started.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:05:56 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 23rd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>&nbsp;Mark Frey, director of JETAANC Kabuki Club, takes you on an intimate tour of the Yoshiwara or pleasure quarters through the lens of Kabuki theatre. Supplemented with video excerpts from popular Kabuki plays, visitors will see artworks in the exhibition come to life as the Kabuki actors, themselves celebrated denizens of the floating world, re-create the Yoshiwara's intoxicating mix of seduction, commerce and betrayal.</p> <p>&nbsp;Seductive Idea talks are informal, impromptu in-gallery conversations facilitated by scholars, artists, filmmakers and writers who explore ideas arising from the artwork on view in the exhibition <em>Seduction: Japan&rsquo;s Floating World</em>. Each facilitator will present an idea that piques his or her curiosity and host a session to investigate it through two or three artworks.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:02:07 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 17th 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM <p>Explore <em>Seduction: Japan&rsquo;s Floating World</em> with Dr. Laura Allen, curator of Japanese art, and discover the ins and outs of presenting a stunning, though complicated, exhibition.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:56:47 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 16th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="Default">This talk will focus on the unique textile traditions of the ethnic minority peoples living in the mountainous areas of Guizhou, Guangxi, and Yunnan Provinces of China. Exploring techniques and sources in South West China, we will explore the homes and villages of those continuing these amazing traditions as well as consider the impact of tourism on traditional craftsmanship. Pam will also talk about the government's commitment to UNESCO's program of Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage.</p> <p class="Default">&nbsp;<em>Pam Najdowski is an independent researcher and ethnographic expert from Santa Fe, New Mexico and a frequent participant at the San Francisco Tribal &amp; Textile Arts Show. On her way to South West China to do further research she is stopping over in San Francisco to present this talk.</em></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:45:26 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p class="Default">Join Asian American and African American leaders, thinkers, and organizers in a conversation focused on the current Civil Rights crisis; placing #BlackLivesMatter within historic context, and articulating connections between the experience of Asian Americans and African Americans in the United States.&nbsp;Moderated by journalist William Gee Wong; panelists include Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association; Nadia Khastagir, Design Action Collective &amp; Asian Americans for Black Lives; Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender&rsquo;s Office; and, Karissa Lewis, #BlackLivesMatter.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:33:53 +0000 Mayme Kratz - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - June 4th - July 3rd <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce lost light, featuring the work of Phoenix-based artist Mayme Kratz, on view from June 4&mdash;July 3, 2015. Kratz will present wall-mounted works in resin on panel, as well as freestanding resin sculpture, in her first exhibition with the gallery. The title is drawn from Rebecca Solnit's book, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, poetic thoughts about the evocative potential of disassociation from the familiar. Solnit writes, "The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost." Kratz finds inspiration in the parched and desolate expanses of the Arizona desert, in lonely stretches of sand and the kind of hardy vegetation and animal life that can thrive there, &ldquo;cactus and creosote bush...scruffy and wild&rdquo; says the artist. Her regular wanderings yield artifacts that she notices and collects along the way&mdash; seeds, bits of plants, deer bones&mdash;or even a snake that met an untimely encounter with a car. Overlooked, and certainly left, by most, for Kratz these hold the key to an intimate world of the ephemeral components of life.</p> <p>As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of San Diego, Kratz developed a kinship with the stark desert light and wide expanses. She also embarked upon a process of biological inquiry, studying, then burying the bodies of birds or small animals&mdash;often later to exhume their remains, study them further, and rebury&mdash;trying to make sense of it all. Her current process, which includes sealing bones, seeds, or other biological matter in layers of resin, and then sanding back down through the resin to unearth portions of the objects, clearly stems from her childhood fascination. Kratz explores and studies the plant and animal specimens that she collects, breaking them down into smaller pieces, or sawing them into sections, examining them under the microscope.</p> <p>Her haunting works in resin on panel inhabit the world of painting, as they hang mounted on the wall, but are more sculptural in their depth and physical presence, possessing a weight both physical and metaphysical. With scattered bits of seed pods and animal bones, these works evoke the night sky and the cosmos, while simultaneously recalling the geometric structure of the atom, with its whirling electrons. &ldquo;I think of the planets orbiting around the sun and of my own journey here on earth. Often when viewing the night sky the things I see through a telescope appear cellular and what I find through my microscope appears stellar.&rdquo;</p> <p>With their ability to shift in focus from the minute to the vast, we may ponder the individual objects, viewing the intricate patterns of their interior structure, or contemplate the larger patterns created by her arrangements of these components. Moody hues found in nature&mdash;the midnight blue of a dark sky, green-gold of a pond, amber the shade of the sap of trees&mdash;form glittering layers encasing the once-living objects within their protection. For Kratz, the circle relates to the cyclical nature of life, the orbits of the planets, the shape of seeds or eggs, the round face of a clock, &ldquo;a way of measuring time or feeling time.&rdquo; Circle Dream 56, 2014, part of a series inspired by a dream in which she was herself transformed into a circle, is largely a tranquil green, the shade of a desert cactus. Mexican buckeye seeds forming a ring display a skull-like aspect, with the</p> </div> </div> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>desiccated appearance one might expect of objects parched in the desert sun. Distant Space #2, 2014, glows in saturated, alizarin red hues; the striated, translucent pigment reveals the panel beneath. Texas mountain laurel seeds, poppy pods, and mesquite seeds are riven in two&mdash;their hollow, segmented interior spaces remain a void. Taking the name of the exhibition, Lost Light 1, 2015, in a deep, intense blue, mingles shells and rattlesnake ribs in diffuse, spiraling compositions.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>An atmospheric place of uncertainty and potential is central to the work, a place where objects have lost their previous identity and the comfortable reassurance of function, yet the viewer is invited to consider them anew, the residue of a living thing recontextualized as a conduit for new connections and emotions in the viewer. The pieces function as well as memento mori, in the painterly tradition where skulls, flowers, and plant life serve as symbolic reminders of the fleeting passage of life.</p> <p>&ldquo;I'm always searching for the light in the objects that I'm collecting and finding a way to celebrate the life or light of that spirit...the 'lost light' is like trying to dig up or uncover something that you know is there...but you may not be able to see initially. It's a way of exploring the transformation that takes place during the process of decay, and finding the beauty in that.&rdquo; says Kratz.</p> <p>Mayme Kratz was born in San Diego County, and has made her home in Phoenix, Arizona since 1986. Kratz has had solo exhibitions at the Tuscon Museum of Art and The Tacoma Museum of Glass. She was a visiting artist at Pilchuck Glass School and was awarded a residency at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, she has also recently received a mid-career award and exhibition at the Phoenix Museum of Art. Kratz's work is held in many public and private collections throughout the United States.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:33:29 +0000 Sanaz Mazinani, Bobbi Jene Smith - Asian Art Museum - April 16th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p>In conjunction with her exhibition, <em>Sanaz Mazinani: Threshold</em>, Mazinani has invited contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene Smith to choreograph a performance that engages <em>Threshold</em> both thematically and physically.</p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">About the artists</span></p> <p><strong>Sanaz Mazinani</strong> is a San Francisco-based artist. She works primarily in photography, video and large-scale installations. Her practice explores the relationship between perception and representation, responding to site, sight and insight, especially in relation to digital culture. She has received awards and honors from the Canada Council for the Arts, D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Kala Art Institute, Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, Stanford University and San Francisco Arts Commission.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Bobbi Jene Smith </strong>has danced with the Batsheva Dance Company based in Tel Aviv, Israel since 2006, and is authorized by Ohad Naharin to teach his Gaga movement language and set his choreography. Her early dance training took place at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:31:07 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 11th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p>Melody Takata, founder of GenRyu Arts, will take audiences on an aural and visual adventure based on the classic tale of The Monkey King. This special afternoon celebration brings dance, drumming and jazz to the museum in both traditional and contemporary arrangements&mdash;featuring GenRyu Arts&rsquo; intergenerational performers in an affirmation of our connection to nature, family and community. The event will showcase JCCCNC&rsquo;s GenRyu Arts school of dance and taiko, Gen ensemble, Gen Taiko alumni, master artist Hideko Nakajima, and special guests Tatsu Aoki and Kioto Aoki, visiting from Chicago.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:26:40 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - April 9th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p class="Default">Join us for a performance that explores the portrayal of women in Japanese and American music and art. Celebrating 20 years of collaboration, GenRyu Arts once again brings together a stellar cast of musicians and dancers from Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo. This interdisciplinary performance features taiko (Japanese drums), jazz, dance, text and visual projections. Tatsu Aoki and Kevin Bean&rsquo;s visual artwork provides the backdrop for two special guests from Japan: Shamisen Grand Master Chizuru Kineya and Master Dancer Michikaoru Hanayagi. Tatsu Aoki and Kioto Aoki, from Chicago, will share the stage with the San Francisco-based musicians Francis Wong, Megan Lee, Wesley Hitomo Yee and Melody Takata.</p> <p>&nbsp;Founded as Gen Taiko in 1995 and incorporated as GenRyu Arts in 2008, the group&rsquo;s mission is to promote, present and participate in Japanese and Japanese American culture through taiko drumming and other traditional and contemporary art forms. Deeply rooted in San Francisco&rsquo;s Japantown and in the Asian American Community, GenRyu Arts merges Japanese cultural forms&mdash;taiko, dance and folk songs&mdash;with new music, spoken word and visual design. These singular expressions honor community heritage and address key issues stemming from the legacy of internment and redevelopment, both of which continue to impact San Francisco&rsquo;s Japanese American community.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:23:54 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - March 26th - November 1st <p>Used for furnishings&mdash;as carpets, spreads, bolsters, hangings, clothing&mdash;and exchanged as diplomatic gifts, silk velvets have been preeminent luxury textiles in many parts of the Islamic world and Europe, especially from the 15th century onwards. The 11 textiles in this exhibition are selections from a private New York collection, providing a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Iranian, Indian and Turkish silk velvets. Spanning three distinct cultural areas with their own design sensibilities and tastes, this group of textiles showcases different techniques of velvet production and suggests their varied uses.</p> <p>Of special note are the two complete 17th-century carpets from India and Iran, each measuring nearly 6 by 4 feet and retaining not only their design elements but also their vibrant colors. These, along with nine other substantially sized textile fragments, show the cultural exchange between the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman empires&mdash;linked by shifting ties of political, religious and economic rivalry.</p> <p><em>Organized by the Asian Art Museum.</em></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:19:32 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - March 2nd - November 1st <p>&nbsp;The Asian Art Museum presents 20 masterpieces of Chinese paintings from 14th to 18th centuries, representing the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibition features several extremely rare works by the great masters of Chinese painting including Ni Zan (1301&ndash;1374). Broad in subject, style and geographical representation, the artworks show variations of themes such as landscape, bird-and-flower, country life and historical stories. <em><br /></em></p> <p><em>Organized by the Asian Art Museum.</em></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:16:45 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - March 27th - May 3rd <p><em>Sanaz Mazinani: Threshold</em> features a new site-specific installation by the dynamic San Francisco artist, whose work&mdash;primarily photography, video and large-scale installation&mdash;explores the conceptual and formal frames of photography, especially as they relate to digital culture and the interplay of perception and representation.</p> <p>&nbsp;<em>Threshold</em> is an ambitious project comprising a video set within constructed architectural space. The video abstracts explosive sequences from Hollywood action movies by coupling, mirroring, and multiplying them. Kaleidoscopic Islamic geometries of color, pattern and movement, inspired by the artist&rsquo;s trips to her birthplace of Iran, are reflected in the mirrored space, offering an array of architectural designs and moving images&mdash;prompting a new perspective on the meanings and experience of media.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:13:56 +0000 Barbara Vaughn - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - May 7th - May 30th <p>Barbara Vaughn</p> <p><em>On the Surface</em></p> <p>May 7 - 30, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce <em>On the Surface</em>, an exhibition of new photographs by Barbara Vaughn. Over the past several years, Vaughn has travelled the world, deftly capturing the surface reflections on different bodies of water and, in the process, exploring the parameters of vision and cognition. By zooming in on her subject matter, Vaughn excises any contextualizing visual information that might allow viewers to easily identify the imagery. This decision to root her abstract photographs in the natural world&mdash;an ostensibly solid, familiar, even immutable realm&mdash;allows the artist to cleverly transform reality, exposing its chimerical possibilities and unexpected underpinnings. Vaughn&rsquo;s approach also allows her to freely experiment with and tune into pattern and shape, and color and hue, which shift dramatically depending on the waters&rsquo; relative movement and form the heart of her photographs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Much of Vaughn&rsquo;s earlier photographs of water emphasize sinuous, curving lines, recalling the biomorphism of Henry Moore and Jean Arp. Though this body of work focuses on such forms to a lesser degree, they nevertheless remain present as an important subject of inquiry. Vaughn, who maintains a longtime admiration for Henri Matisse&rsquo;s Cut-Outs, notes that <em>Apokopes 1</em> and <em>Apokopes 2</em> are both influenced by the French postmodernist&rsquo;s recent landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Both works mix Vaughn&rsquo;s interest in voluptuous forms with the Cut-Outs&rsquo; minimal, graphic quality, fluid lines, and organic shapes, such as those found in Matisse&rsquo;s <em>Snow Flowers (Fleurs de neige)</em> (1951).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As suggested by their Greek titles, the <em>Apokopes</em> works were captured in Greece, on the Cycladic island of Paros. Other locations explored in <em>On the Surface</em> include destinations as disparate as the Northern European canaled cities of Bruges and Amsterdam, Martha&rsquo;s Vineyard, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Among all of these places, Las Vegas proved to be the most unexpected: &ldquo;I discovered an entirely new palette of reflections generated by brightly lit hotel marquees in the man-made water features around the city.&rdquo; These busy, boldly colorful photographs serve as a striking foil to the more graphic, black-and-white qualities embodied in the <em>Apokopes </em>works. The two lynchpins of the exhibition are <em>Ampeli</em> and <em>Kyvismos</em>, a pair of Cubist-inflected photographs that call to mind paintings by Fernand L&eacute;ger and Pablo Picasso&mdash;such as <em>The Tugboat</em> (1918) and <em>Three Musicians</em> (1921), respectively&mdash;with their hallmark fracturing and reunification of form.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Barbara Vaughn was born in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her BA from Princeton University and studied fine art photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. A former portrait photographer, Vaughn has photographed many luminaries in entertainment, business, and the arts. Her work has been published in numerous books as well as publications such as&nbsp;<em>The New York Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue,&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Art in America</em>. Her fine art has been exhibited in galleries in New York City; Sun Valley, ID; St. Barth&rsquo;s; Quogue, NY; San Francisco; and Sonoma County, CA. This will be her second solo exhibition with the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:30:51 +0000 Group Show - 1AM Gallery - April 2nd - April 22nd <p dir="ltr">1AM is pleased to present, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow">A Major Minority</a>&rdquo;, opening on April 2nd, from 6:30 &ndash; 9:30 PM. Curated by San Francisco-based artist <a href="" rel="nofollow">Poesia</a>, &ldquo;A Major Minority&rdquo; is a survey of 20 <a href="" rel="nofollow">Othercontemporary</a> Urban Artists. Prepare to experience an international sampling of artworks that reveal the overall character of urban art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Poesia, urban art has become an OtherContemporary art movement outside of the contemporary and critical art world. By taking a large sampling of the world&rsquo;s most prevalent urban artists, Poesia aims to reveal the true character of this artform. He believes it is being born outside of art theory and that it is based on the way art interacts with the public and urban landscapes. &ldquo;A Major Minority&rdquo; is an attempt to illustrate the current progression of this style as &ldquo;traditional graffiti merges with street art and becomes what the public has coined Urban Art.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Exhibiting artists include: Okuda San Miguel, Thierry Furger, William Barras, Proembrion, Autone, Poesia, Zmogk, Aske, Dime, CT, Does, Ino, Basik, Etnik, Pener, Seikon, Hellbent, Col Wallnuts, Thomas Bestvina, and Collin van der Sluijs.</p> <p dir="ltr">These artists showcase the idea of OtherContemporary art through a variety of methods. The mediums used in this show include acrylics, spray paints, oils, papers, glass, and found objects. The elements that build up each piece express the complexity of ideas that emerge from OtherContemporary art. Expect to see everything from abstract shapes and bright colors to quilted patterns and glass paintings.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>For art catalog or media requests, please email</em></strong></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:16:20 +0000 Group Show - Southern Exposure - May 13th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>directions given &ndash; directions taken</em>&nbsp;invites 24 people to design instructions or parameters for the creation of new artworks. Each participant writes a prompt and receives a prompt, to be interpreted and enacted at one of six evening performances. The series creates a daisy chain of directions given and directions taken, with the first person to issue instructions returning on the final evening to read or perform those of another participant, thereby closing the circle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>directions given &ndash; directions taken</em>&nbsp;is instigated by Michael Swaine. Based on Jim Melchert&rsquo;s techniques for generating work and inspired by a Bay Area community of makers and thinkers, the project follows a lineage of instructional artwork from artists like Alan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and Sol LeWitt. All the directions will be published online and in a printed volume at the end of the cycle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants include Binta Ayofemi, Paul Benney, Sita Bhaumik, Brandon Brown, Kevin Chen, Ishan Clemenco, Brett Cook, Sof&iacute;a C&oacute;rdova, Stephanie Ellis, Arash Fayez, Bean Gilsdorf, Vernon Keeve, Jim Melchert, Christian Nagler, Yasi Pereira, Kate Rhoades, Mike Shoun, Laetitia Sonami, Heather Smith, Anne Walsh, Jenifer Wofford, Sherri Lynn Wood and artists from Southern Exposure's Mentorship Program.</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:35:05 +0000